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  • ECOWAS Commission 'dismayed' at attack on Nigerian Embassy in Guinea-Bissau
    11 october 2013 11:03:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has expressed ''concern and dismay'' at Tuesday's mob attack on the Nigerian Embassy in Bissau and the fatal lynching of the country's nationals in the capital. Full text...

  • Implementation of ECOWAS Common External Tariff starts 1 Jan. 2015
    02 october 2013 13:06:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has recommended that the new five-band regional Common External Tariff (CET) become operational on 1 Jan. 2015. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers meet on EPA, others
    30 september 2013 07:36:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS ministers were due to begin an extraordinary session in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, from Monday (30Sept) to discuss the latest proposals to revive stalled negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers mobilize funds for regional road project
    22 september 2013 18:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Member States of the Steering Committee for the Abidjan-Lagos Highway project have agreed to coordinate the mobilization of funds for the 1,028-kilometre road project involving five ECOWAS countries and linking several commercial and capital cities of the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Justice Ministers meet in Abidjan
    12 september 2013 12:56:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Justice Ministers Thursday kick-started a two-day meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, to consider a revised draft Act for enhancing the powers of the 13-year-old community parliament. Full text...

  • Experts call for functional national infrastructures for peace in Africa
    11 september 2013 14:43:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Government officials, non-state actors, including regional, international and civil society organizations rose from their meeting in Accra, Ghana, calling for the establishment in Africa of functional national infrastructures for peace with institutional and financial autonomy through the creation of National Peace Funds as one of its components. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for harmonized approach to conflict prevention, management in Africa
    10 september 2013 14:17:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desiré Ouedraogo, has called for the harmonization and coordination of the disparate conflict prevention and management efforts across Africa and their linkage to regional and continental architecture in order to maximize effectiveness and benefits.Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails peaceful resolution of Ghana's election petition
    06 september 2013 13:59:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has commended the Government, the Judiciary and people of Ghana for the ''peaceful and transparent resolution'' of the electoral petition filed by the opposition New Patriotic Party before the country's Supreme Court, following the 7 Dec. 2012 presidential poll. Full text...

  • Nigerian bank partners with EBID to finance ECOWAS projects
    06 september 2013 11:33:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Economic Community of West African States Bank for investment and Development (EBID) are partnering to finance projects in ECOWAS member states. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits int'l support for institutional reform
    16 august 2013 19:45:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To enable ECOWAS deliver effectively on its core mandate of regional development and integration, the West African regional bloc says it needs the support of all stakeholders, including development partners for ongoing institutional reforms. Full text...

  • ECOWAS declares Mali runoff 'free, transparent, credible'
    13 august 2013 13:13:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS has declared Mali's presidential runoff on Sunday as 'free, transparent and credible', despite what it called some constraints. Full text...

  • Nigerian diplomat advises ECOWAS volunteers
    10 august 2013 13:13:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS volunteers, who have just completed their two-year tour of Liberia, have been urged to be worthy ambassadors of the country as they return to their various countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chief pledges support to regional power regulatory body
    10 august 2013 10:08:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Reiterating his commitment to the realization of the mission and objectives of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo, has pledged to facilitate the movement of the Authority to its permanent site in Accra, Ghana, Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders determined to eliminate malaria
    08 august 2013 12:21:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are determined to eliminate malaria from the region to free the enormous resources currently expended on battling the scourge for socio-economic development, Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS malaria elimination campaign moves to Ghana
    05 august 2013 14:06:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional war against malaria being waged by ECOWAS and partners, through the biolarvicide programme, moves to Ghana this week with a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday for the construction of a factory in the capital city of Accra for the production of the substance. Full text...

  • Draft regulation on W/African regional electricity regulators validated at Dakar meeting
    02 august 2013 13:17:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Experts on energy matters from across West Africa have validated the draft Regulation Relating to the Payment of Regulatory Fees on Regional Electricity Cross-border Trades, a legal document to facilitate a funding mechanism for the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) and enable it operate as an autonomous and independent regulatory body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS staff, Tony Luka Elumelu, excels at migration course for RECs
    02 august 2013 12:11:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - ECOWAS has again lived up to its reputation as a trail blazer in regional integration matters, with a staff of the ECOWAS Commission leading the pack of 16 participants at the just-ended intensive course on Migration Policy for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • ECOWAS salutes AFISMA troop-contributing nations
    01 august 2013 18:46:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has paid glowing tributes to troops from the region and Chad for their sacrifice for “freedom and peace” in Mali on behalf of the region and Africa. Full text...

  • Experts review roadmap for ECOWAS single currency
    31 july 2013 13:30:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A two-day meeting of regional experts, to review the revised roadmap for the ECOWAS single currency that involves the creation of a second currency by six member states of the second monetary zone by 2015, has rounded off here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS declares Togo parliamentary polls credible, transparent
    26 july 2013 19:54:05
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The ECOWAS Observer Mission to Thursday's Parliamentary polls in Togo Full text...

  • Togo lesislative polls: ECOWAS team commends voters for peaceful conduct
    25 july 2013 19:41:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Ambassador Leopold Ouédraogo, has commended the Togolese people for their high sense of civic duty and patriotism, with early reports indicating a generally peaceful atmosphere as the country’s three million plus registered voters went to the polls on Thursday, 25 July, 2013, to elect members of the 91-seat National Assembly. Full text...

  • Togo polls: ECOWAS Observer mission head ends consultations
    25 july 2013 10:34:45
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's parliamentary polls in Togo, head of the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission to the elections Leopold Ouedraogo Wednesday rounded off his crucial stakeholder consultations by meeting with the chair of the country’s Justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop Nicodemus Barrigah-Benissan of Atakpamé, Full text...

  • ECOWAS VP tasks Togo poll observers on neutrality
    24 july 2013 11:17:12
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh has urged members of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Togo’s 25 July Parliamentary elections to perform their duty with utmost neutrality. Full text...

  • Togo polls: ECOWAS Observer Mission head meets stakeholders
    23 july 2013 10:57:26
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Togo Leopold Ouédraogo on Monday met in Lome with officials of Togo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the NGO Goree Institute for Electoral Assistance as part of continuing consultations with stakeholders and pacification efforts ahead of the country’s 25th July Parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission accredits eight envoys
    23 july 2013 10:37:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight envoys were accredited as their countries’ permanent representatives to the West African regional bloc ECOWAS during separate brief ceremonies presided over by Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo at the Commission’s headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Monday. Full text...

  • Head of ECOWAS Observer Mission seeks peaceful polls in Togo
    21 july 2013 20:41:22
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The head of the ECOWAS 80-member Observation Mission to Togo’s 25 July legislative elections, Ambassador Leopold Ouedraogo, has called on all stakeholders, especially political leaders and their followers, to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure peaceful polls. Full text...

  • ECA wants ECOWAS to fast-track regional integration through common currency
    19 july 2013 17:57:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS, modelled after the European Union (EU), has been advised to fast-track the process of a common currency, in order to speed up integration of the organisation, according to Stephen Karinge, Director of Regional Integration and Trade at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • Membership of ECOWAS Commission enlarged from 9 to 15
    19 july 2013 11:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders have decided to enlarge the membership of the Commission from nine to 15, in line with their agreement in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire, last February under the ongoing institutional reform. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold extraordinary summit in Dakar
    18 july 2013 20:21:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are to meet in Dakar, Senegal, in October in an extraordinary session to decide on three issues critical to the financial health of the region – the Common External Tariff (CET), the Community Levy and the lingering Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chair, Quattara, confirms Nigeria's withdrawal from MINUSMA
    18 july 2013 19:33:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Chairman and President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Quattara, Thursday confirmed Nigeria’s withdrawal from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), saying the measure was to enable Nigeria meet its pressing local security challenges.Full text...

  • ECOWAS President lauds outing US Ambassador
    18 july 2013 09:40:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has commended outgoing US Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley for his contribution to the achievements recorded by ECOWAS during his tenure, particularly in the area of peace and security in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders canvass support for successful political transitions in Mali, Guinea-Bissau
    18 july 2013 09:06:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders have called for international support for the success of the ongoing political transitions in two of its member-nations, Mali and Guinea-Bissau, following security and political crises in both countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria to withdraw troops from UN mission in Mali (Full story)
    17 july 2013 18:51:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the withdrawal of the country's troops from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), two weeks after the mission was launched from a previous, African-led International force, according to Nigerian military sources. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria to withdraw troops from UN mission in Mali
    17 july 2013 18:21:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the withdrawal of the country's troops from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), two weeks after the mission was launched from a previous, African-led International force, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting Nigerian military sources. Full text...

  • ECOWAS signs malaria elimination pact with Nigerian state
    17 july 2013 12:36:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a factory to produce anti-mosquito larvae biolarvicides, under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign. Full text...

  • Mali, Guinea-Bissau to dominate 43rd ECOWAS Summit
    16 july 2013 19:55:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The political and security situations in Mali and Guinea Bissau, which are preparing for crucial post-crisis elections, will dominate discussions at the two-day 43rd ECOWAS Summit, due to open in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja on Wednesday, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers welcome AFISMA transformation
    16 july 2013 19:40:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs have welcomed the 1 July “smooth transformation” of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN Mission, MINUSMA, and appealed for international support for political transition in Mali and Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • 'ECOWAS crisis-response mechanisms need re-examination'
    15 july 2013 18:04:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo has said the complexity of emerging crises in West Africa, such as in Mali and Guinea Bissau, requires the re-examination of regional response mechanisms for effective tackling of the structural causes of instability in the region and their ramifications. Full text...

  • AFISMA's transformation to MINUSMA: Meeting on final modalities holds Sunday
    30 june 2013 09:30:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Defence and security chiefs of ECOWAS troop contributing countries were due to meet in Bamako, Mali, on Sunday (30 June) with UN officials to discuss the final modalities for the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Ghana's Deputy Defence Minister tasks ECOWAS on security challenges
    27 june 2013 10:00:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Deputy Defence Minister Ebenezer Terlabi has said that responses to emerging political and security challenges in West Africa require new thinking, well coordinated efforts with high technology, skills and renewed commitment. Full text...

  • 'Basketball will be added to 2014 ECOWAS games in Cote d'Ivoire'
    25 june 2013 18:01:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Basketball will be added to the list of sports during the third ECOWAS games to be hosted by Côte d'Ivoire in 2014, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • 20 ECOWAS volunteers assume duty in Sierra Leone
    24 june 2013 14:52:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Twenty ECOWAS volunteers, recruited from six Member countries, have arrived in Sierra Leone to boost the country's education sector. Full text...

  • ECOWAS happy at Guinea Bissauan progress towards polls in November
    22 june 2013 14:34:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers, saying that it noted the gradual progress in the drive towards achieving stability in Guinea Bissau, has hailed the consensus reached by stakeholders in that country on a Regime Pact adopted in April 2013 towards the conduct of elections in November 2013. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails agreement on Mali's electoral process
    22 june 2013 14:10:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has said the signing of an agreement, 18 June, 2013, between the Malian parties will create the enabling environment for the holding of their presidential election of 28 July across the country, according to a communique issued Friday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, by the Council. Full text...

  • 6 ECOWAS countries projected to meet MDGs on poverty reduction
    22 june 2013 09:36:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Six West African countries are projected to record a minimum 7% growth rate in 2013, sufficient to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the goal on poverty reduction, and more than double the global growth rate, according to the first biannual report presented by the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday.Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire gets official nod to host 2014 ECOWAS games
    19 june 2013 12:54:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the Ivorian Government have signed an Full text...

  • MFWA wants ECOWAS Court's decisions implemented
    13 june 2013 17:05:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has started moves to ensure the implementation of decisions of the ECOWAS Community Court by member states, PANA reports Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member nations highlight investment potentials in Lagos
    07 june 2013 19:13:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West African nations took their turns in Lagos to showcase available investment opportunities and incentives for would-be investors with an assurance for high return on investments. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits support for its conflict-prevention initiatives
    07 june 2013 09:11:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is soliciting for strong support for the operationalization of its conflict-prevention framework, the ECPF, as a major tool for addressing the proximate and structural causes of violent conflicts and the promotion of human security and peace building in the region. Full text...

  • Third ECOWAS Investment Forum opens in Lagos
    06 june 2013 14:56:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday called on ECOWAS member countries to focus more attention on youth employment and policies that will attract more investors to the region. Full text...

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